* Posts by Old Tom

200 posts • joined 3 Mar 2009


Brewdog might make an OK pint but its security sucks: Flaw opened door to free beers for anyone

Old Tom

Re: Every mobile phone has a birthday

Although not the best, you probably got a reasonable pint in a Marston house whereas although Brew Dog might make reasonable beer, they insist on serving it fizzy and over-chilled.

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain

Old Tom

Border Bureaucracy?

"Brexit has made it more expensive for drivers from the continent to work in Britain. Hauliers tend to be paid by distance rather than hours worked so additional border bureaucracy and delays hit their salary."

How often on a typical run does a driver delivering milkshakes to McDonalds outlets get delayed by border bureaucracy?

Buyout of British defence supplier Ultra Electronics paused by UK.gov over competition concerns

Old Tom

Re: Sovereignty

Trident missiles use astro-inertial guidance - they look at stars, they don't piss about with GPS.

Maintenance in US because it's cheaper than having our own facilities, this does not give the US any control over missiles not undergoing maintenance.

Verified: UK.gov launching plans for yet another digital identity scheme

Old Tom

Re: Don't hold your breath #3

The NHS Covid app will not be your 'Covid Passport', that's already included in the NHS app - and that does phone home, indeed you have to sign-in every time you run it.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web NFT fetches $5.4m at auction while rest of us gaze upon source code for $0

Old Tom

I wouldn't want a 'luxury brand' at all, whether in the real or digital world.

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU

Old Tom

Re: Ummm..

It's almost as if a couple of large international telecoms companies have announced excess data roaming charges (that they could have applied anyway were we still EU members) on the 5th anniversary of the referendum just to ensure that people would blame Brexit rather than them.

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

Old Tom

Re: Mooseman

I'm with you on the talking/phone call things, but gigs are best experienced with beer, which does mean that one occasionally needs to go to the bar/toilet - it would be best if you didn't place yourself in a high-traffic place.

Google says once third-party cookies are toast, Chrome won't help ad networks track individuals around the web

Old Tom

René Magritte

Recently I couldn't remember René Magritte's name; a google search or two later and my memory was jogged, case over. Except that I then see adverts featuring some of his work for weeks afterwards.

'Targetted Advertising' is complete rubbish.

(And we've all had those repeated adverts for something we've already bought or that we never wanted to buy but recently researched.)

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands

Old Tom

Re: Seagate need to adjust their operations.

For Seagate to absorb the VAT in this case by sending it first to Seagate UK, paying the VAT, then shipping it to the customer ...

VAT is payable when goods/services are sold/bought. Seagate UK would neither buy nor sell the replacement, no VAT would be due.

Old Tom

Seagate need to adjust their operations.

Seagate are well aware of problems like this - their statement acknowledges it. Their behaviour and statement on this occasion are pretty shitty. Companies of this size should get their act together, recognise that UK customers are not in the EU and adjust their operations appropriately.

(This applies whatever you think of Brexit.)

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?

Old Tom

Re: Congrats to El Reg

I'm pretty sure that El Reg is still in Europe.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

Old Tom

Re: vitriolic comments

The vitriolic comments are a reaction to Ursula von der Leyen's comments and behaviour. Slagging off AZ, raiding the production site, threatening the UK's supply of Pfizer/Biontech, putting a border between Ireland/NI. Behaving like a tantrum-infused child in reaction to her/the Commission's own failure.

That border provision is supposed to be a last resort and she's taken less than 4 weeks to abuse it. Furthermore she did it against advice, and without consulting - or even informing - relevant parties (Irish Taoiseach, UK PM, NI Executive).

She's been asserting a contractual situation that is not borne out by the now-published contract with its Estimated Delivery Schedule. If she were to resign, I'm sure things would calm down much quicker.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Large crowds / widlerness

I regularly listen to FM radio using my mobile phone; it much works pretty much everywhere, anytime.

If I'm competing with thousands of others for the local tower's capacity in/around a football stadium on match day I doubt that I'd get the throughput to listen to a live Internet radio stream; if I'm in the wilderness, there is no internet radio. This is why my personal minimum spec for a phone includes FM radio.

Other negatives for streaming include the required data allowances and the massive latency of the broadcast - listen to streamed football commentary and your 'latest scores' app will notify you of a goal/event way before you hear it happen on the 'live' broadcast. Also, I'd be very surprised if streaming used less power than FM

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Did he really promise a “world-beating app.”?

My recollection is that he promised a world-beating track and trace system, to which the app contributed. That may well not have been delivered, but unless someone can point me to it I don't think he ever said the app would be world-beating.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

Old Tom

"once Brexit is finally cancelled."

You know it happened on 31st January 2020?

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe

Old Tom

Re: Why?

The copy included the words 'Europe' and 'Brussels'. Some obsessives - mostly those that still don't get it - think that you have to mention Brexit whenever these words are used; many think that Brexiteers don't like Europe or Brussels (not realising that the UK is still in Europe).

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

Old Tom

Re: And this is why the Aussies are on top of it

This half school year can be generally be written off - not because the teachers have not tried to provide remote work for the children, but because so many children (with their parents blessing) have not done any of the work

Maybe some teachers have bothered, I'm unaware of anything other than vague stuff on Twitter from my kids' school.

Meanwhile - if any work was set - some of us parents are working full-time, and while we would love our children to stay quiet and get on with educational things, we have our own work to do.

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps

Old Tom

Re: Apple-Google API

The API requires Android 6.0 or higher, not 8.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate

Old Tom

Re: The lawyers will be fine.

Except that the UK remains in the EPC regardless of whether or not it remains party to the UPC.

The dream of a single European patent may die next month – and everyone is in denial about it

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Re: Brexit voters will be happy

As far as I can tell from minimal research, neither the European Patent Office nor its parent the European Patent Organisation is in any way connected to either the EU or the Euro Zone.

Say GDP-aaaR: UK's Information Commissioner pours £275k fine into London pharmacy's teaspoon

Old Tom

No, 'No Deal' plans will not apply if we leave as planned

"Come Jan 31, if the UK leaves the EU as planned, Brexit will trigger a statutory instrument that changes some text to create a "UK GDPR". The little kingdom's Data Protection Act 2018 will also get tweaked. You can see the expected changes here. ®"

No, your link is to changes planned for "the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal". Come Jan 31, if the UK leaves the EU as planned, 'no deal' plans will not come into effect. Please keep up.

(Unless, of course you're talking about Ben and Holly when you mention a 'little kingdom'.)

Uncle Sam challenged in court for slurping social media info on 'millions' of visa applicants

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The whole gamut

My social media 'friends' are a mixed bag covering all sorts of opinion - between them they've likely posted both pro- and anti- <whatever you're thinking of> comments; my own comments might give you an idea of my character, but their comments absolutely will not.

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Ramblin' Man or Woman? Maybe brush up on your cartography

Old Tom

Re: Other options....

I did use Viewranger with 1:50000 OS maps in conjunction with paper 1:25000 OS map, but since the map codes I now have the 1:25000 in the OS app - so now I find that I don't look at Viewranger so much, although I still record trails with that as the OS trail recording was not fit for purpose last time I tried it.

Brexit? HP Inc laughs in the face of Brexit! Hard or soft, PC maker claims it's 'no significant risk'

Old Tom

Re: Y2K

The date was fixed, but vested interests remainers pushed it back, and keep trying to keep doing so.

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly

Old Tom

Re: I hate "naming rights"

"City of Manchester Stadium springs to mind"

Possibly not the best example, as the concession from the council to allow sponsored naming of that stadium was part of an improved lease agreement that included a substantial rent increase.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

Old Tom

Re: Gotta love El Reg @AC

"but has also said she can't take no deal either."

No, they've said they don't want to leave with no deal; they haven't actually barred it.

Data flows in a no-deal Brexit are a 'significant' concern – MPs

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Re: A cynic would say

"it's running up a large bar tab at your local hostelry"

More like your mates running up the bill with chasers, depth charges and hot nuts while you sipped on a small sherry.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

Old Tom

Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

"wearing a very thick coat in summer"

We were given that misinformation early on, but he was wearing a denim jacket. The temperature in London that day was 17°C.

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

Old Tom

Re: They should talk to Canada and India next

India is maybe a bit iffy for this, but yes we should talk to Canada. Nothing like Empire as you sneer, but as part of the logical progression of the broadening our horizons and increasing cooperation with the outside world that Brexit has fired the starting gun on.

In this particular case, as four of the Five Eyes alliance are the four Canzuk states, a Canzuk-base for an alliance on alt-Galileo would be a very sensible start.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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The UK Government has found it difficult to understand that if one stops being a member of a club, one loses access to that club’s facilities.

I find it difficult to understand that the EU aren't happy to agree a simple treaty with us to continue partnership on this. Are they going to go without the Falklands and Ascension ground stations? Do they wish to undermine our military cooperation with France and other EU27 NATO members? Looks quite like toys flying out of the pram.

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

Old Tom

Re: FFS - NO

What about an ID card that you are not required to carry around?

You'd only need to take it out when you were going to pick up a parcel from the PO, or you wanted to prove your child is old enough to get into an age-restricted gig (with he child's card, not yours of course), or you look young and you want to stop off for a snifter or watch an 18-rated movie, or whatever. You'd just take that out instead of your driving licence. Can't really see the harm.

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

Old Tom

Re: dress rehearsal

Blocks of dry ice are going to look a bit depleted after they've been sitting waiting for customs clearance for a few days.

Yes, because everything we import from outside the EU gets stuck for days at customs doesn't it?

Old Tom

Re: dress rehearsal

"Very reliant on imports from Scandinavia and also the Netherlands"

Treat it as a dress rehearsal for Brexit.

What, they're going to refuse to sell CO2 to us after Brexit?

Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

Old Tom

Re: AdMob Trojan Horse

The dev is the data controller

How can a dev linking an ad sdk into their app be the data controller? Sure they are for any app data, but they have no contact with the ad provider's slurped data - the ad sdk provider is surely the data controller.

1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

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Re: Bounced out?

They aren't - "99 per cent of the bad apps were binned by tools that employ machine learning, so nobody ever had the chance to download them" - i.e. they were uploaded, but didn't make it as far as going live.

'Bitcoin heist' shock: Cops seek 4 for aggravated burglary in Midsomer Murders town

Old Tom

Re: Exponuttery

I expect that the author was using 'exponentially' figuratively and linguistically, not literally and mathematically.

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

Old Tom

Re: Link?


At the time in the UK when you could only use your own bank's ATMs, the Building Societies and some smaller banks got together and created the LINK network to enable them to serve their customers via each other's ATM networks. (Actually, some of them created the 'rival' Matrix network - but that eventually merged with LINK.)

Larger banks eventually set up reciprocal deals or formed networks between them, though I seem to recall them taking the opportunity to charge their customers for this service. Around the turn of the century, they all joined LINK, and most charges were dropped. Now virtually any bank/building society's customers can use virtually any other bank/building society's ATMs (for free).

ATMs that charge you in the UK are not to operated by a bank or building society, but will still connect to your bank/bs via the LINK network.

Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Old Tom

Re: Or in 10 years Google just integrate it into Android "find my nearest empty cab).

You haven't clicked the taxi tab in Google Maps' directions lately, have you?

Google blows $1.1bn to hire HTC's Pixel people, forming one big happy handset team

Old Tom

Re: Dave 126

Shame the Motos keep lacking a magnetometer on non-US versions. It's a deal breaker for me.

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

Old Tom

Reveal is a noun - don't your windows have them?

Old Tom

Re: pointy man-made bing

No (North of Sheffield, but over to the West), I'd call that a slag heap.

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

Old Tom

Re: We are in IT

But we're at El Reg

So it's 2.1772 Linguine, or 0.0331 Double-decker bus if you prefer.

Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

Old Tom

Only with Brexit, Dyson will no longer have access to the EU court...

So how come Levi Strauss had access to the ECJ when the ECJ agreed to maintain their specially-inflated-for-the-EU prices?

Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

Old Tom

Re: Brexit related costs

And with the forthcoming General Election?

i.e. Should Labour win, then only those who voted Labour would have to pay Corbyn's new taxes, only Labour voting energy company/rail/whatever workers have to lose their job/transfer to the state? etc.

UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

Old Tom

Re: 900 people

"Make voting compulsory."

But then people who are not interested and don't think about the issues at all have to vote. They are more likely than anybody to vote on the basis of some made up statistic or quote that their friends on Facebook passed around that morning.

Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

Old Tom

Re: After BREXIT the Spanish expect to annex Gibraltar.

And when is Spain going to give Ceuta, Perejil, Melilla and the other 'plazas de soberanía' to Morocco?

National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

Old Tom

Re: I'll pay a little more in NICS...

It was reported somewhere that the abolition of C2 more than compensates lower earners for the proposed rise in C4 NIC, I think the break-even was around c.17K.

Old Tom

Re: Richard 12

Yes, there was a lot of waffle on attempting to reform the EU in that manifesto - but on the same page as your quote you get:

"We will hold that in-out referendum before the end of 2017 and respect the outcome" (my emphasis).

And on the next page " We will honour the result of the referendum, whatever the outcome."

Respecting the outcome of the referendum is a manifesto pledge - and that outcome clearly invalidates all the rest of the waffle about attempting to make the EU more acceptable.

UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

Old Tom

What's the Brexit angle?

The retail arm of a company expands its fulfilment workforce to handle its retail growth in the UK - this work is most sensibly handled somewhere on this island, whether or not this country remains a member of EU.

Meanwhile globally-relevant technical departments also recruit because they've got plenty of development work to do. Doesn't matter where on the planet this work is done, but the UK has plenty of relevant skills and a first world infrastructure - so is as good a place as any, and again EU status is irrelevant.

Whatever your view, this is neither in spite of nor because of Brexit.



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